• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

My Hero

Extracts from this document...


Pavel Schroeder 6th hour My Hero My hero is Earvin "Magic" Johnson, a hard working man on and off court. He has a great basketball player, playing for 13 year with the Lakers. He was also a dedicated and generous businessman. But to top it all off, he had HIV, but in a good and positive way like Lance Armstrong had cancer. On the court, Johnson was a symbol of physical domination, unselfish with his ability to steal and pass. Johnson is considered one of the most successful players in the history of the game. In 905 NBA games, he scored 17,707 points, 6,559 rebounds and 10,141 assists, translating to career averages of 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game. ...read more.


For his feats, Johnson was voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time by the NBA in 1996. This all changed when he was hit with bad news. In, 1992 Johnson told the world that he was retiring on doctor's orders. After testing positive for HIV, he still made it to the All Star game that season, with a victory. With a comeback like that he was ready for anything. Johnson initially said that he did not know how he contracted the disease. At the time, AIDS was commonly associated with homosexuality, and only a small percentage of HIV-positive people had contracted it from heterosexual sex. Later Johnson was the founder of The Magic Johnson Foundation. ...read more.


Johnson also helped with small neighborhoods by building 116 Starbucks, 31 Burger Kings, a dozen 24 Hour Fitness Gyms, and a T.G.I. Fridays. He says other companies considered similar moves but were afraid to move into the neighborhoods Johnson has invested in. Johnson is more then a hero to me but to all he helped and entertained. Johnson wasn't just a businessman, but a leader; not a basketball player, but a star, not an HIV survivor, but a healer, not just Magic Johnson but a hero. As a business man he pledged to help others;a leader with an optimistic attitude as an athlete that all can consider their sports hero. Many articles praised Johnson as a hero, and U.S. President George H. W. Bush said: "For me, Magic is a hero, a hero for anyone who loves sports." ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Art & Design section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work